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OXRUN STATION HAS ALWAYS BEEN DIFFERENT. Nobody can really explain it. You just have to understand that bizarre things happen there. They just do. Weird things. The kind of things you don’t even want to dream about in your worst nightmares. Trick-or-treat is crazy enough, with ghosts and goblins and witches and warlocks and all manner of other horrors roaming the streets. B OXRUN STATION HAS ALWAYS BEEN DIFFERENT. Nobody can really explain it. You just have to understand that bizarre things happen there. They just do. Weird things. The kind of things you don’t even want to dream about in your worst nightmares. Trick-or-treat is crazy enough, with ghosts and goblins and witches and warlocks and all manner of other horrors roaming the streets. But in Oxrun Station, the masks aren’t always made of rubber. In his new hometown, British teenager Sam Jones discovers that a legendary backwoods bogeyman has risen from the grave to seek revenge against those who put him there . . . The fabric of the cosmos is unravelling and dark and dangerous things are leaking across the borders . . . For five unsuspecting teenagers, their lives will never be the same again as they discover the hidden terrors lurking beneath the surface of their quiet town and experience the most horrifying Halloween of them all . . . This year in Oxrun Station, THE TRICK IS TO STAY ALIVE!


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OXRUN STATION HAS ALWAYS BEEN DIFFERENT. Nobody can really explain it. You just have to understand that bizarre things happen there. They just do. Weird things. The kind of things you don’t even want to dream about in your worst nightmares. Trick-or-treat is crazy enough, with ghosts and goblins and witches and warlocks and all manner of other horrors roaming the streets. B OXRUN STATION HAS ALWAYS BEEN DIFFERENT. Nobody can really explain it. You just have to understand that bizarre things happen there. They just do. Weird things. The kind of things you don’t even want to dream about in your worst nightmares. Trick-or-treat is crazy enough, with ghosts and goblins and witches and warlocks and all manner of other horrors roaming the streets. But in Oxrun Station, the masks aren’t always made of rubber. In his new hometown, British teenager Sam Jones discovers that a legendary backwoods bogeyman has risen from the grave to seek revenge against those who put him there . . . The fabric of the cosmos is unravelling and dark and dangerous things are leaking across the borders . . . For five unsuspecting teenagers, their lives will never be the same again as they discover the hidden terrors lurking beneath the surface of their quiet town and experience the most horrifying Halloween of them all . . . This year in Oxrun Station, THE TRICK IS TO STAY ALIVE!

30 review for Horror At Halloween: Part One

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    Also posted on http://whatyareading.com Don’t you just love Halloween? The thrill of fear, the excitement of masks, the fun of pumpkins and candy and ghost stories… Ghost stories. What better way to celebrate Halloween than reading a chilling YA mystery that gives you goosebumps? And for free… how could you resist? Here’s the link to the free kindle version of Horror at Halloween Part 1: http://www.amazon.com/Horror-Hallowee... After moving from England to the American town of Oxrun Station, Sam sta Also posted on http://whatyareading.com Don’t you just love Halloween? The thrill of fear, the excitement of masks, the fun of pumpkins and candy and ghost stories… Ghost stories. What better way to celebrate Halloween than reading a chilling YA mystery that gives you goosebumps? And for free… how could you resist? Here’s the link to the free kindle version of Horror at Halloween Part 1: http://www.amazon.com/Horror-Hallowee... After moving from England to the American town of Oxrun Station, Sam starts hearing whispers. And not the kind of whispers that come from a prankster friend… I’m talking about the kind that you hear inside your head. Sam quickly gets caught up in Oxrun’s ghost story and discovers it has a strange connection to the whispering he hears. With the help of an unlikely person linked to Sam by the same insanity, he finally unravels the creepy mystery of Oxrun Station. And the mystery was creepy, all right. However, I do have some issues with the other parts of the book. First of all, the pacing was really lacking. The first bit of this book was very, very boring. The kind of why-am-I-even-reading-this-I-have-better-things-to-do boring. At the half-way point, it got better. Things picked up and I found myself drawn into Sam’s drama. Three quarters of the way through, Oxrun’s mystery completely developed, and my heart started beating faster. Finally. And then there’s the humour. (This is the part where you say “What humour?”) There are a dozen times when all of Gordon’s characters have cracked up, leaving me sitting there, thinking “Yeah. That wasn’t funny. At all.” I’ll give you an example: I thought I must have offended her. “I’m sorry,” I said. " “Sorry?” She was mystified. “It’s stupid of me to be talking about ghosts when I’ve just arrived.” “Do you always apologize about everything?” she asked. A hand flew to her mouth. “Have I embarassed you, Sam? I’m so sorry!” We were both laughing as the car, having crossed the pass, began to slide downhill into Oxrun. " ‘Cause that was hilarious… I also have a serious problem with the characters’ lack of profundity. Penny is pretty, so Sam falls head over heels in love with her. It doesn’t matter that she’s petty, disloyal, or mean. She’s pretty. That’s all. To make matters worse, at least half of this book seems to be centered only on Sam and Penny being together, with absolutely no development of the plot. Luckily for him, Sam redeems himself. Otherwise, he would probably be mauled. Verbally. It would most likely be fatal. Just saying. Glyn is my favourite character of Horror at Halloween Part 1. She’s mysterious, literate and strong-willed in a a shy sort of way, albeit an outcast. I admire her for supporting her barely existent family and risking her life to protect them. Although the friendship she and Sam share is an improbable one, I very much enjoyed it. When Horror at Halloween Part 1‘s mystery completely presented itself, it morphed into a good read. Reading it, my heart rate picked up, and I became utterly enraptured. It was spooky, action-packed, and fast-pasted, and I enjoyed it. This book would have merited at least 3.5/5 stars had the plot been more centered on the mystery itself. However, it only deserves 2.8/5 stars. It was a great ghost story to read for Halloween, and it would be a great ghost story to read anytime of the year. I just wish there was more ghost story and less… everything else.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Whitney

    I had a hard time staying focused on the story. I'm sure with the other parts, it'd make a great long story.. but I'm sure sure I'll get them. I had a hard time staying focused on the story. I'm sure with the other parts, it'd make a great long story.. but I'm sure sure I'll get them.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ciaron

    Nice pace and intriguing Nice stitching of places and lore to fit with narrative. Short and spooky for a perfect night time read wooh

  4. 5 out of 5

    Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri

    Review of Horror at Halloween: Part One by John Gordon Reviewed for FreeBookDude for Oct. 27 2012 5 Stars In tribute to Charles L. Grant, that vastly prolific author of psychological and Supernatural horror, this series is set in Oxrun Station, Connecticut. On the surface Oxrun Station is a typical affluent community in the Northeast. Don’t ever let surface appearances fool you. Young Sam is a temporary British immigrant, come to Oxrun Station for a year and a half with his parents, while his father Review of Horror at Halloween: Part One by John Gordon Reviewed for FreeBookDude for Oct. 27 2012 5 Stars In tribute to Charles L. Grant, that vastly prolific author of psychological and Supernatural horror, this series is set in Oxrun Station, Connecticut. On the surface Oxrun Station is a typical affluent community in the Northeast. Don’t ever let surface appearances fool you. Young Sam is a temporary British immigrant, come to Oxrun Station for a year and a half with his parents, while his father, the “plantsman” (botanical scientist), researches a rare plant in the region and teaches at the College. Sam is befriended by Penny, also the child of a college professor, and unwittingly becomes the fulcrum of two romantic triangles: first, by interfering unintentionally in the developing romance between Penny and local boy Jeff; second, by forming his own relationship with waitress Glyn, a slightly older girl much castigated by Penny-for Glyn holds close an ugly family history. She doesn’t live on the wrong side of the tracks-she lives on the wrong side of history. Before the end of Halloween night, Sam will learn much more about the history of Oxrun Station’s dam than he ever wanted to know.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dex

    Al principio no supe realmente de qué trataba la historia. Yo me había imaginado algo similar a un libro que leí de Norman Partridge; qué bueno que no fue el caso, y no lo digo porque Partridge sea malo, sino porque no quería leer algo muy parecido a ese libro que ya había leído. Me llevé una grata sorpresa al encontrarme con una historia de Halloween pero escrita al estilo clásico. Es de esas historias de fantasmas y venganzas que se basan mucho en las historias y secretos de un pueblo o ciudad Al principio no supe realmente de qué trataba la historia. Yo me había imaginado algo similar a un libro que leí de Norman Partridge; qué bueno que no fue el caso, y no lo digo porque Partridge sea malo, sino porque no quería leer algo muy parecido a ese libro que ya había leído. Me llevé una grata sorpresa al encontrarme con una historia de Halloween pero escrita al estilo clásico. Es de esas historias de fantasmas y venganzas que se basan mucho en las historias y secretos de un pueblo o ciudad pequeña. Nunca había escuchado hablar de John Gordon pero creo que procuraré buscar más de él para leer. En lo personal soy más fan de historias más al estilo de Clive Barker pero también gusto de este tipo de historias clásicas que me recuerdan a Algernon Blackwood.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    Bizarre things happen in the small town of Oxrun Station. No one can explain why. Mysterious things happen that nightmares are made of. This series of 5 stories tell of the strange things that occur on Halloween night to five different people that live in Oxrun Station. In the first story Gordon starts the series off with a tale that I could easily imagine being told around the campfire in true ghost story fashion. He reveals information bit by bit giving us just enough details to build the sus Bizarre things happen in the small town of Oxrun Station. No one can explain why. Mysterious things happen that nightmares are made of. This series of 5 stories tell of the strange things that occur on Halloween night to five different people that live in Oxrun Station. In the first story Gordon starts the series off with a tale that I could easily imagine being told around the campfire in true ghost story fashion. He reveals information bit by bit giving us just enough details to build the suspense and to keep us guessing. This series is an interesting idea, as each week a different book was released leading up to the 5th book and completed ebook to be published on Halloween 2012.

  7. 5 out of 5

    DAISY DISNEY

    Hmm i am on the fence on this one. I thought it was going to be more scary but honestly I was bored most of the time. The beginning was interesting and I had high hopes for the story. But I found it to be slow paced as I continued to read and I honestly feel like the way it ended was very dull. if there is a part 2 I won't be reading it. Hmm i am on the fence on this one. I thought it was going to be more scary but honestly I was bored most of the time. The beginning was interesting and I had high hopes for the story. But I found it to be slow paced as I continued to read and I honestly feel like the way it ended was very dull. if there is a part 2 I won't be reading it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    SANDRA

    Freakish almost scary tale. it was fun to see how this story developed and the mystery behind the whimpering and screams Sam heard when he arrived at OxRun Station. and how he got involved with Glyn. I liked her a lot compared to Penny, she was spiteful and mean.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    It was on okay story but very predictable and could have been made much more exciting !

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tina M

  11. 5 out of 5

    mick brewin

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jes

  13. 5 out of 5

    Barb Kauffman

  14. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Holcombe

  15. 5 out of 5

    Diana Kritinar

  16. 5 out of 5

    Denise Ward

  17. 4 out of 5

    Seth Tucker

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kat

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marla

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jenna Gilbertson

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Miranda

  23. 5 out of 5

    Simon Parker

  24. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

  25. 4 out of 5

    Doug Coover

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christina

  27. 4 out of 5

    Katie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Friday

  29. 4 out of 5

    Zomby

  30. 4 out of 5

    C_lo

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